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Is the Koran merely hate propaganda?

TerroristsOn September 25, 2002, a group of armed Islamists entered the office of a Christian charitable organization in Karachi, Pakistan, bound seven workers to chairs and then brutally murdered them. According to Muslim witnesses, the Muslims showed no hurry and took a good 15 minutes to separate the Christians and ensure that each of their goals suffered the most terrible death.

The murder of non-Muslim humanitarian workers by religious followers of Islam often happens. While there is rarely a celebration on the side of other Muslims, there is also not much indignation by a community known for their weakness.

While rumors of a Koran desecration or a Muhammad cartoon produce deadly protests, riots, incendiary fires, and image fires, the mass murder of non-Muslims does not become a real passion. In the eleven years after September 11, nearly 20,000 Islamic terrorist attacks were perpetrated, but all of them do not provoke the kind of indignation on the part of most Muslims, such as the mere mention of Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo.

This critical absence of the moral perspective confuses many Westerners, especially those who try to reconcile this reality with the politically correct assumption that Islam is like another religion. The Judeo-Christian tradition preaches universal love and selflessness, so it is expected that the pious Muslims will be the most peaceful and least dangerous ... provided that Islam is based on the same principles.

But among the rosy assurances of proponents of Muslim ideologies that Islam is about peace and tolerance lies a much darker reality that better explains violence and deep-rooted indifference. Quite simply, the Koran teaches supremacy, hatred, and hostility.

Consider the elements that define the hate speech:

  • Distinguish between one's own identity group and those outside
  • The moral distinction to which this comparison is based
  • Devaluation or dehumanization of other groups and the personal superiority of one's own
  • Advocating the different standards of treatment based on identity group membership
  • Call for violence against members of other groups

Unfortunately, and in spite of the best intentions of many respectable Muslims, the Koran qualifies as a hate speech in every respect.

The holiest book of Islam (61% of which refers to non-Muslims) draws the sharpest differences between Muslims (the best people, 3:110) and non-believers (the worst creatures 98:6). The praise is wasted on the former, while the latter are condemned with burning generalizations.

Far from teaching universal love, the Koran continually preaches the inferiority of the non-Muslims, even if he compares them with disgraceful animals and smolks over Allah's hatred against them and his dark plans for their eternal torture. The Muslims are said to be destined to dominate non-believers, against whom hard treatment is promoted.

The Islamic state implements these teachings from the Koran into practice. In Ramadan in 2016 they raided a restaurant. They tortured and killed those who could not recite from the Koran while Muslims were spared.

Polished Muslim scouts in the West love to use the word "Bigot" to describe critics of Islam, but they are rarely challenged about their own view of the Koran. What does the book, which they claim to contain the literal and eternal Word of Allah, really say about non-Muslims?

The pattern of violence and aggressive disregard for human suffering, which is persistent in Muslim history, and the contemporary attitude towards non-believers reflects the message of the Koran, which is a personal superiority and arrogance.

In today's world, Muslim rule is characterized by the oppression and discrimination of non-Muslims, while Muslim minorities in larger societies are distinguished by varying degrees of aggravated demand, discord, and armed rebellion. Only a few Muslims are uncomfortable with this blatant double standard in which Islam, depending on its power position, is either a victim or makes others to a victim - and the reason is obvious.

Islam is a fully dominant ideology in which the role of non-believers is subordinated to the position of Muslims. Those who oppose Islamic rule are to be fought until they are either killed or completely humiliated and forced to acknowledge their subordinate status by committing themselves to Islam or by paying compensation and accepting submission to their own religion.

There is simply no other religion on earth that draws such a sharp distinction between their own members and others. No other religion devotes so much of their holiest text to the condemnation and dehumanization of those who merely decide not to follow their dogma.

So much about Islamic terrorism and the general equivalency of the broader Muslim community against violence makes sense only against this double nature of Islam - as well as the foreign willingness of the followers of Muhammad to tolerate their own subjugation under Ottoman or Arab tyrants such as Saddam Hussein They themselves violently attack other negligent neighbors.

The proponents of Islam do not lie when they say that Islam teaches love and kindness, but they forget to add that this is only for the treatment of those within the Muslim community. Loyalty to one's own identity group is above all appreciated, and empathy for those outside of faith is at best optional - and even explicitly undesirable.

If this is a "misunderstanding" of Islam by modern "radicals", then it is a mistake that the founder of Islam has also made. In Muhammad's time, non-Muslims were killed only for speaking against the new religion and their self-proclaimed prophet. Similarly, the Jews of Qurayza were compelled and killed on Muhammad's orders, even if they had not even fought. Since the life of a non-Muslim is cheap, the actual physical damage to a Muslim is not necessary to justify the murder according to the example of Muhammad.

The Koran fulfills every criterion with which we define hate speech. Not only the message inspires dislike and disregard for others, but the text claims the superiority of Islam, and violence can also be used as a means to achieve the goals.

In his later years, Muhammad directed military campaigns to subjugate other tribes and religions; they were "invited" to Islam with the sword and forced to pay tribute. He launched the aggressive military campaigns that waged war against all five major world religions in the first decades after his death.

Islam involves the ultimate devaluation of non-Muslims by teaching. While a Muslim can be sentenced to death for murdering another Muslim (Bukhari 83:17), no Muslim can be sentenced to death for the murder of a non-Muslim (Bukhari 83:50, 3:111 - Muhammad: "No Muslim can be killed for the murder of a Kafir (unbeliever).") The "law of equality" from the Koran applies only to Muslims. The human values and rights based on gender, religion and status are the exact opposite of equality in the Western liberal tradition in the Koran.

One can always find proponents of Islam who are willing to defuse the hard rhetoric of the Koran with creative interpretation, tortuous explanation or boundless denial. Their words and deeds are almost always a concern for the representation of Islam, which does not extend to the victims of Islam - at least not with the same sense of urgency.

Of course there are also exceptional Muslims who do not agree with the Islamic predominance and sincerely defend secularism and respect for all people. Some even find verses or fragments of it to support their independent beliefs. But for these people, the Koran as a whole will always be a constant challenge as it explicitly teaches the distinctive and subordinate status of non-Muslims.

 

The tribe of Banu Qaynuqa

Banu QaynuqaThe early part of the Koran came into being when Muhammad lived in Mecca, a city with very few Jews and Jewish tribes. At that time, he presented himself to the Meccans as a Jewish prophet based on the stories he had learned from the Jews he had learned during his travels - and from his cousin Waraqa to a converted Jew (The Koran actually refers to this charge , But "Allah" denies it).

When Muhammad moved to Medina there were already three Jewish tribes, whose good graces he first needed, because he and his small bonds of Muslim immigrants were too weak. He tried to convince these Jews that he was the last in the succession of their own prophets and even changed the Qibla (prayer direction) to Jerusalem, the center of the Jewish world.

The Jews in Medina were not impressed by the esoteric assertions of Muhammad, especially since there were obvious discrepancies between their Torah and his version of the same stories. (In the Koran, the Bible is immature in the Bible and sounds more like a series of fairy tales with the same superfluous morality - believing Muhammad's claims about himself or experiencing earthly destruction and eternal torment).

When he was asked why he had no proof of his prophethood by performing miracles like the prophets of the past, Muhammad came up with a prudent apology that there was no point in the past since the Jews were prophets anyway (Koran 3:183-184). Thus Muhammad had nothing to offer but his own testimony.

The Prophet of Islam did not treat the Jewish rejection well, especially since his people had relied heavily on his many claims to be a prophet in the same way like Moses, Abraham and Jesus. Muhammad "solved" his dilemma by claiming that the Jews of Medina were heretics, and that his version of the Torah is a fake, since it "did not contain the verses" that supported his claims to be a prophet. (Interestingly, in spite of the many Jews, who were either converted to Islam from either compulsion or free will, the "unadulterated" Torah never came to light, which supposedly existed).

After Muhammad's victory against the Meccans in Badr, his wealth and power was so far that he could take care of his "Jewish problem". The words of the Koran are markedly harder to the "people of the book" in the Medina part of the text, and it goes into confrontation.

Much got done by the "constitution" of Medina, but the treaty that Muhammad created for all local tribes upon his arrival got temporarily forgotten. The Muslims have often forgotten to cancel or annul a contract. However, this contract got canceled after less than two years:

While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, "Let us go to the Jews" We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle." (Bukhari 53:392)

 

After announcing his intentions, Muhammad sought an apology to take land from those Jews who refused to convert to Islam. His first goal was a tribe that had recently been in a conflict with the other two. Muhammad has correctly advised that the two other Jewish tribes would not come to support the Banu Qaynuqa tribe during a siege.

Muhammad's excuse has been an incident in which a Muslim was killed by the angry Jewish mob. The fact that the mob was furious because the Muslim in question had just murdered a Jewish merchant for the honor of a woman is sometimes denied by contemporary advocates of Islam who nevertheless admit that Muhammad decided to siege the Qaynuqa fort instead of his peaceful determination To agitation.

This point is important. According to Muslim historians, the first blood shed was when a Jew was murdered by a Muslim for playing a prank on a Muslim woman (by lifting her dress). The Muslim was killed in retaliation by those who had just witnessed the murder.

On what basis is physical violence - much less murder - justified by such a prank? Moreover, if Muhammad believed in the Old Testament law of the "eye for eye," why did he not recognize the legitimacy of the second killing against the inequality of the first?

In any case, the self-proclaimed prophet of God answered with a self-serving power against a people who had taken him into their community less than two years earlier. Unprepared for the battle, the Qaynuqa surrendered to their former guest without fighting.

Muhammad wanted to kill the entire tribe, but this was ruined by an Arab friend who was horrified by his intentions:

Abdullah b. Ubayy b. Salul went to him when God had put them in his power and said, "O Muhammad, deal kindly with my clients" (now they were allies of Khazraj), but the apostle put him off. He repeated the words, and the apostle turned away from him, whereupon he thrust his hand into the collar of the apostle's robe; the apostle was so angry that his face became almost black.
He said, "Confound you, let me go."
He answered, "No, by God, I will not let you go until you deal kindly with my clients. Four hundred men without mail and three hundred mailed protected me from all mine enemies; would you cut them down in one morning? By God, I am a man who fears that circumstances may change"
The apostle said, “You can have them.” (Ibn Ishaq/Hisham 546)

Muhammad allowed the Jews of Qaynuqa to escape with what they could carry. He confiscated their wealth and their land, took a fifth for himself and gave the remaining to the rest of the Muslims. (According to the Koran, this was their punishment for those who do not believe in Muhammad. 3:10-12)

The man who saved the lives of the Jews was later called from Muhammad to be a hypocrite, and it is obvious that he deeply regretted his decision not to kill the Qaynuqa. One of the nine Koranic verses, which forbids Muslims taking Jews and Christians as friends, was "revealed" at this time.

Thus, Muhammad was able to fulfill his own promise that "Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), they will be among the lowest (most humiliated)." (Koran 58:20), further strengthening his credibility among the Muslims and inspiring fourteen centuries of unrelenting jihad in his name to his followers.

 

Koran: People of other religions in this world are to be severely punished

ViolenceAllah himself is fighting the unbelievers (9:30), why should Muslims no longer fight in his cause as in the cause of evil (4:76)? About 19% of the Quran devote themselves to the violent conquest and subjugation of non-Muslims:

And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery, etc.) to threaten the enemy of Allah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allah does know. And whatever you shall spend in the Cause of Allah shall be repaid unto you, and you shall not be treated unjustly. (8:60)
 
O Prophet (Muhammad)! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the hypocrites, and be severe against them, their abode will be Hell, and worst indeed is that destination. (66:9 - see also 9:73)
 

Muslims expect a reward in this life as well as in the next one (4:134), so it makes sense that even in this life unbelievers are getting punished:

Is then He (Allah) Who takes charge (guards, maintains, provides, etc.) of every person and knows all that he has earned (like any other deities who know nothing)? Yet they ascribe partners to Allah. Say: "Name them! Is it that you will inform Him of something He knows not in the earth or is it (just) a show of false words." Nay! To those who disbelieve, their plotting is made fairseeming, and they have been hindered from the Right Path, and whom Allah sends astray, for him, there is no guide. (13:33)

For them is a torment in the life of this world, and certainly, harder is the torment of the Hereafter. And they have no protector against Allah. (13:34)

 

There are at least two places in the Quran, where the violent death of non-Muslims is designated as Allah's reward for unbelief (2:191, 9:26), as in "that is the reward for unbelievers." Verse 3:56 states that "those who reject faith" are punished with terrible torment in this world (a vow that Muhammad and his companions took personally to fulfill).

The Quran tells Muslims that Allah uses them to severely punish others:

Fight against them so that Allah will punish them by your hands and disgrace them and give you victory over them and heal the breasts of a believing people, (9:14)
 

Verse 4:102, says that Allah has prepared a humiliating torment for the unbelievers. Stories from Muhammad's life show only minor differences between the punishment of Allah and the violence from the hands of faithful Muslims.

Allah can kill unbelievers by himself, but he makes it a test for Muslims to prove their faith:

So, when you meet (in fight Jihad in Allah's Cause), those who disbelieve smite at their necks till when you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind a bond firmly (on them, i.e. take them as captives). Thereafter (is the time) either for generosity (i.e. free them without ransom), or ransom (according to what benefits Islam), until the war lays down its burden. Thus [you are ordered by Allah to continue in carrying out Jihad against the disbelievers till they embrace Islam (i.e. are saved from the punishment in the Hell-fire) or at least come under your protection], but if it had been Allah's Will, He Himself could certainly have punished them (without you). But (He lets you fight), in order to test you, some with others. But those who are killed in the Way of Allah, He will never let their deeds be lost, (47:4)
 

One of the most brutal chapters in the Quran makes Muhammad and his followers to the "superior over all religions" (9:33).

Verse 8:55 compares unbelievers with animals. In line with this issue, this passage encourages the Muslims to win over them "dominance" and severely punish and intimidate the rest:

So if you gain the mastery over them in war, punish them severely in order to disperse those who are behind them, so that they may learn a lesson. (8:57)
 

At the end, all beings in heaven and on earth will be compelled to bow down in front of Allah, either willingly or by force:

And unto Allah (Alone) falls in prostration whoever is in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and so do their shadows in the mornings and in the afternoons. (13:15)
 

Muslims are told that "Allah loves those who fight in his own way" that Islam is "victorious over all other religions", even though the unbelievers resist (61:4-11). Those who resist against the Islam will get humbled:

Those who oppose Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad), they will be among the lowest (most humiliated). (58:20 - The context for this verse is the expulsion of the Jewish tribes from Medina and the confiscation of their wealth, land and children by Muhammad)
 

Non-Muslims are to be fought until all religion is only for Allah:

And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allah) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allah Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allah), then certainly, Allah is All-Seer of what they do. (8:39 - Some translate the word "fitna" as "persecution," but in this context it means resistance to Islam - in the predecessor version as unwillingness to believe [cf verse 8:38]. This passage was "revealed" after a battle that deliberately provoked by Muhammad. Verse 2:193 essentially says the same, and was also "revealed" at a time when the Muslims were not under physical attack).

 

Those with "sick hearts," including Christians and Jews according to verse 5:52, are said to be "slaughtered" (33:60-2) along with the "hypocrites" (Muslims, who cannot get judged as true believers for their associations with unbelievers or their unwillingness), or should engage themselves in jihad.

Non-Muslims are to be attacked, set under pressure and punished by the Muslims

See they not that We gradually reduce the land (of disbelievers, by giving it to the believers, in war victories) from its outlying borders. And Allah judges, there is none to put back His Judgement and He is Swift at reckoning.. (13:41 see also 21:44)
 
Then leave Me alone with such as reject this Message: by degrees shall We punish them from directions they perceive not. (68:44)
 
And He caused you to inherit their lands, and their houses, and their riches, and a land which you had not trodden (before). And Allah is Able to do all things. (33:27 - see also Bukhari 53:392)
 

Allah will grant the Muslims power and authority over all other humans:

Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that He will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as He granted it to those before them, and that He will grant them the authority to practise their religion, that which He has chosen for them (i.e. Islam). And He will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship Me and do not associate anything (in worship) with Me. But whoever disbelieved after this, they are the Fasiqun (rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (24:55)

Muhammad's companion continued this prophecy with an aggressive and senseless military expansion that left a trace of the dead from Spain through North Africa to India.

Allah gives the Muslims instructions for dealing with unbelievers who are not willing to accept Islamic rules:

(Remember) when your Lord inspired the angels, "Verily, I am with you, so keep firm those who have believed. I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved, so strike them over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes." (8:12)
This is because they defied and disobeyed Allah and His Messenger. And whoever defies and disobeys Allah and His Messenger, then verily, Allah is Severe in punishment. (8:13)
 

To defeat Non-Muslims should be easy for true believers because they are superior in intelligence and understanding:

O Prophet (Muhammad)! Urge the believers to fight. If there are twenty steadfast persons amongst you, they will overcome two hundred, and if there be a hundred steadfast persons they will overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are people who do not understand. (8:65)

Well, with the intelligence of the Muslims it should not be far. They are so intelligent that they cannot life together. In addition, they may be so busy with praying that there is no time left for other things in life. One can see also the amount of the inventions of the last 1400 years, in which Muslims have been involved, how intelligent the Muslims are.

Remember that the Quran teaches that not all people are equal to Islam. This also applies to Muslims with regard to their aggressiveness towards the unbelievers. Those who are killed or killed in the name of Islam rejoice Allah more:

Not equal are those of the believers who sit (at home), except those who are disabled (by injury or are blind or lame, etc.), and those who strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with their wealth and their lives. Allah has preferred in grades those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and their lives above those who sit (at home). Unto each, Allah has promised good (Paradise), but Allah has preferred those who strive hard and fight, above those who sit (at home) by a huge reward; (4:95)

 

The "Not all are the same"-Argument

Not all are the sameThe "Not all are the same"-argument is one from the worst ones. Supposedly it is intended to protect the majority of the peaceful Muslims. In fact, however, the extremist minority is not or only insufficiently affected. If a rapist is drifting around, it is not enough to justify the fact that the majority are not rapists. In addition, these 99% of the peaceful Muslims are in anyway nothing else than a lie. Studies and statements from Muslims themselves are proving that although not a majority, but enough of them have an extremist worldview and approve even violence in the name of religion.

If it were only 1%, then

  • Erdogan would not have nearly 50% of the votes and 18% would not vote in Turkey for the right-wing extremists MHP whose members have to take an oath to the Koran

  • the mullahs in Iran could never have seized power

  • the Taliban would not have brought much of Afghanistan into their control

  • Mursi in Egypt would have won not the elections, although he represents the Muslim Brotherhood, hence violence and terror in the name of Islam

  • then the Saudi royal family and the Wahhabi clergy would have been long ago overthrown and the country would have modernized itself already

  • there would not be so many Muslims celebrating every terrorist attack

  • there would be no such problems with the Muslims and the Islam

And even if it were only 1%, the terror attacks from 9/11, Charlie Hebdo, the assassinations in London, Paris, Madrid and the countless other small and big attacks of the extremists on non-Muslims or moderate Muslims are showing clearly that already few are sufficient to cause great disaster. Since it is not only 1% but much more, you can imagine by yourself what will happen when they grab even more power.

 

What information might open the eyes of people who want to join terrorist groups?

Terrorist GroupTerrorist groups are not solving problems of the world - they are the problem by themselves. The leaders from these groups are nothing else than cowards which likes to empower themselves by hiding them behind some "religious scripts" for building up their own religious dictatorship. So why you should give your life for such idiots? You have only one life! Life is not a video game, which can get started over again and again. Do you like to give your life for cowards by killing innocent people?

No "hero", but a criminal career is waiting

Participation in a terrorist organization does not solve complex political problems. Thousands of people - religious minorities as well as Muslims - suffer from terrorist regimes like the IS, Boku Harum, Abu Sayyaf, etc.

Extreme brutality also against "own" people

It is already known that any insubordination against the Commander of the extremists in Syria or the Iraq as a betrayal is handled and sometimes immediately will be punished with death.

Loss of humanity

Anyone who is a victim of the radical rat catcher can easily end up as a murderer, a rapist and a robber. How can these crimes ever be reconciled with one's own conscience when this once awakens again?

Destroying one's own future

Radicalization can have criminal consequences. Whoever has decided to go the path of violence and become guilty, the return to a regular everyday life is almost impossible.

No ticket to paradise

Even from the Islamic point of view, crime can not be justified. Whoever thinks of attaining a high position in the hereafter on this way, is seized by a following fallacy. Every alleged leader who promises paradise for this or that act commits a presumptuous blasphemy.

War is not an action movie

What affects some people become so cool like a real computer game, is leg-harsh reality. Whoever gets into it, is not only playing with his own life and anyone else's, but also playing with his soul. As for violence everyone gets made responsible for his deeds at the latest in the hereafter.

Sexual exploitation

For girls it is not the return to the somewhat transfigured early days of the Muslims, but the cruel reality of sexual exploitation. They are married to jihadists and passed on to the next one at their death. It must be clear to them that their men have cruelly killed people when they go to bed with them and see women of the "enemy" as religious and ethnic minorities as "prey" who can rape them.